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Citizen's Voice, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Originally Published:Saturday, March 25, 2006

Gambling industry analyst Michael Pollock, publisher of a newsletter called Gaming Industry Observer, predicted Conaboy's resignation would have minimal impact within the industry.
“Regulatory agencies in gaming, or any other area, are designed to absorb these kinds of changes in personnel,” he said. “This sort of thing happens at all levels — chairs, board members, key staff members — and there should not be much concern.”

Scranton lawyer leaves gaming board

By MICHAEL RACE
Citizen's Voice, Wilkes-Barre, PA

HARRISBURG - Scranton attorney William P. Conaboy has resigned from Pennsylvania's Gaming Control Board, citing the growing demands of serving on the board while continuing to work as vice president and general counsel at Allied Services.

"The time constraints make it difficult to continue in both positions," Conaboy said in a statement released late Friday through the office of Senate Minority Leader Robert Mellow, D-Peckville, who appointed Conaboy to the seven-member board in 2004.

While some board members have opted to make the $145,000-a-year gaming jobs full-time work, Conaboy is among those who has continued to hold outside employment.

"I am very proud of all the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has accomplished in a very short period of time," Conaboy wrote in a two-paragraph resignation letter sent to Mellow on Friday. "I am confident that in the near future gaming will be an industry we can all be proud of in Pennsylvania."

He could not be immediately reached for further comment.

His departure is expected to have no effect on the board's operations as it reviews applicants for state slot machines licenses, according to board spokesman Nick Hays.

"The board will continue to move forward aggressively with the licensing process," Hays said, noting a series of public input hearings scheduled over the next two months will not be altered. He referred all questions about the resignation to Mellow's office.

Mellow's spokeswoman, Teresa Candori, said the senator expects to announce Conaboy's replacement within a few days. "It will probably be someone from the Northeast," she said.

In recent months, the gaming board has made headlines for a string of three arrests involving its employees, including one recommended by Conaboy.

Last month, gaming board press aide Kevin Eckenrode - a distant relative of Conaboy's - was charged with homicide for dropping his girlfriend to her death from a 23rd-floor window at a Harrisburg apartment building after the two had been drinking heavily.

Eckenrode, 25, used Conaboy as a reference to land the $33,000-a-year job. He was suspended without pay and is now free on bail and undergoing alcoholism counseling at a Wilkes-Barre treatment center.

Two other employees, both attorneys, were arrested for alcohol-related public disturbances in downtown Harrisburg within the last year. In one instance, an employee was accused of biting a bartender during an altercation with other bar patrons. Both employees are still on the gaming board's payroll.

Mellow and gaming board chair Tad Decker praised Conaboy's service on the board.

"Bill has been a major contributor to the launch of a vital new industry in Pennsylvania," Mellow said in a statement. "He has been a model board member, and the Commonwealth owes him a debt of gratitude."

"During his tenure with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Bill served the people of Pennsylvania with distinction and integrity," Decker said in a prepared statement.

Gambling industry analyst Michael Pollock, publisher of a newsletter called Gaming Industry Observer, predicted Conaboy's resignation would have minimal impact within the industry.

"Regulatory agencies in gaming, or any other area, are designed to absorb these kinds of changes in personnel," he said. "This sort of thing happens at all levels - chairs, board members, key staff members - and there should not be much concern."

Conaboy's term on the board was set to expire in January 2007

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